PATERSON, N.J. (CBS 2) — There was riveting testimony Monday from the survivor of a deadly rampage inside a New Jersey church as she faced the man who almost ended her life.
Silvy Perincheril, now in a wheelchair and unable to use the left side of her body, didn’t want her face shown on camera more than two years after being shot in a Clifton church, reports CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.
She is still terrified of Joseph Pallipurath, the man she came face-to-face with in court Monday. He’s the man prosecutors said shot Perincheril and killed two other people, including his estranged wife Reshma James, inside the church back in November of 2008.
“I got shot in the head…the top of my head,” Perincheril said.
On a video made after his arrest Pallipurath admits to shooting and killing his wife and Good Samaritan Dennis John Mallosseril, who stepped in to break up an argument.
“I swear if I had a [expletive] machine gun I would have killed everybody. I would have massacred the whole [expletive] church. That’s how much anger I had,” Pallipurath said on tape.
Despite that, Pallipurath’s attorney said his client didn’t mean to do it.
“Whatever happened on that terrible day was not the result his intention to kill or seriously injure anyone at that church,” attorney Harley Breite said. “Mr. Pallipurath certainly was in possession of a weapon.”
Family members of the victims said Pallipurath’s intentions were clear.
When asked by the defense if she feels sorry for Pallipurath, Perincheril said, “No, I feel sorry for him.”
Perincheril was in a coma for 16 days and has no memory of being shot, but her son said she’s made a tremendous recovery.
“It’s tough but, you know, friends, family and a lot of prayers we’re constantly getting keep my mom going,” Jacob Perincheril said. “God pulled her through for us and she came here today to do what she needed to do.”
That, even though she is still going through major physical therapy.
Mallosseril’s family told Sloan that Pallipurath came to church with two loaded guns and that his intentions were clear — to harm anyone who got in his way.
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